Education Project

One of the principal reasons for the Centre's existence is to provided educational facilities. These are for a younger generation of Rwandan children some of whom may not remember the genocide, but whose lives are profoundly affected
by it.

Classroom

The Centre will provide programmes for schoolchildren to come and learn about, and from, the history of the genocide. The educational programme will be based on the successful work that has already been carried out through teaching about the Holocaust at the Holocaust Centre, in Nottinghamshire, UK.

Survivors of the genocide are trained as guides at the Centre and, together with the professional education staff, will play an important role in telling the story, in conjunction with the aims of the national curriculum.

The Education Department

This is a key department which will fulfil the Centre's objectives.  It will be responsible for formal education, working with schools and the Ministry of Education to help utilise the Kigali Memorial Centre as a resource for the new national curriculum, examining lessons from the genocide, human rights and responsibilities, and supporting 'civic education'.

The department will be responsible for co-ordinating informal education programmes including activities for casual and international visitors and the training of docents or guides, who will be members of the education team.

Seminars on genocide-related subjects for local professionals and international visitors will also fall under the education department.

Developing the Educational Methodology

There will be a focus on establishing an educational team of Rwandan educators and survivors.  The capacity of this team to deliver the educational programmes will be built in a number of ways:

The Centre will work with the Ministry of Education to ensure that the Memorial Education Centre becomes a useful resource for the developing civic education curriculum.  It will also further the aims of the National Commission for Unity and Reconciliation.  The experience of the Aegis Trust, with the UK Holocaust Centre, demonstrates that activities and learning in this kind of environment is a strong tool for civic (or 'citizenship') education.

One key challenge of the educational methodology is to adopt an approach that, while truthful and accurate, does not accuse or alienate a large proportion of the students.

This will complement the exhibition and the creation of a non-threatening environment, if contributing to unity and reconciliation.